"The Boy Detective, or The Abductors Foiled" is a short crime
drama. The film is included in our program to illustrate the work of our
stars Robert Harron and Billy Bitzer.
This is the earliest surviving film with Robert Harron that we have. He was
one month short of 15 y.o. Robert Harron plays the messenger boy, as was often
the case in his first roles. Thus, we can glance at the humble beginning of his
illustrious career, which would take him to star roles in such masterpieces as
"Intolerance" (1916) and "True Heart Susie" (1919), to
mention just a couple.
Wallace McCutcheon Cinematography by Billy Bitzer Starring
unknown (the newspaper boy), Robert
Harron (the messenger boy), Edward Dillon Distributed by
Biograph Company Release date
March 11, 1908 Country
United States Running time
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